Five years of economic recovery did little for Clark County, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
By Associated Press September 18, 2014 11:28 a.m.
TUALATIN, Ore. — Lines formed early as excited shoppers prepared for Thursday's grand opening of a Cabela's store in the Portland area.
By PHUONG LE, Associated Press September 18, 2014 9:36 a.m.
SEATTLE — More people were living in poverty in Washington in 2013 than in 2012, even as the numbers remained steady across the nation, according to new figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
By CAROLE FELDMAN, Associated Press September 18, 2014 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Offers of extended warranties or service contracts are becoming the norm, whether you buy a big-ticket item like a car or kitchen appliance or a less expensive one such as a television or phone.
By Associated Press September 18, 2014 6 a.m.
NEW YORK — Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors.
By Aaron Corvin September 17, 2014 5:45 p.m.
State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are "bankrolling" oil, coal and gas infrastructure, a new analysis asserts, despite public calls by those states' governors to shift to renewables to fight global climate change.
By DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press September 17, 2014 5:32 p.m.
DALLAS — Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.
By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press September 17, 2014 5:22 p.m.
OLYMPIA — Washington's unemployment rate remained steady at 5.6 percent last month, but the state saw an overall loss of 1,500 jobs from the previous month, state officials said Wednesday.
By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times September 17, 2014 3:42 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Consumer prices fell in August for the first time in 16 months as lower gasoline costs helped keep inflation tame, the Labor Department said Wednesday.
By Associated Press September 17, 2014 3:26 p.m.
NEW YORK — The stock market got the reassurance it wanted from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday.
By The Columbian September 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Northwest Pipe Co. says Michelle Galanter Applebaum has been elected to the company's board of directors. Applebaum, who has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets, also was appointed to the board's audit committee, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of steel pipe said in a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
By Stephanie Rice September 16, 2014 9:02 p.m.
Try describing the who, when, where and why of Vancouver's Destination Downtown and run the risk of falling into a pot of bureaucratic alphabet soup: In 2006, state lawmakers passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act, under which local jurisdictions had to develop CTR plans. Cities could designate a Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center (GTEC) and implement policies aimed at reducing drive-alone trips. The money for Destination Downtown, Vancouver's GTEC, comes from a $100,000 annual Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press September 16, 2014 7:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.
By The Columbian September 16, 2014 4:54 p.m.
Northwest Natural Gas Company has filed a proposed rate change with the Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission. The rate proposal includes a 6 percent residential increase, which means the average homeowner would pay about $3.65 more per month. The average business customer would see an increase of about 6.4 percent, or $16.14 per month.